Please see statement below by Bishop Fintan Monahan on the announcement of the retirement of the Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, the Rt Rev Dr Kenneth Kearon, and of the Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Rt Rev Patrick Rooke, who have both announced their intention to retire on 31 October next.
I offer every blessing to both Bishops Kenneth and Patrick on their retirement. I have always enjoyed meeting Bishop Kenneth on the various functions and ecumenical occasions together between our dioceses. Bishop Kenneth has made a huge contribution to the work of ecumenical dialogue nationally and in pastoral development in the mid-west region since being elected bishop in 2014. I also had the pleasure of meeting Bishop Patrick on a number of occasions in Tuam down through the years and congratulate him on his good work there also.
I wish them both a happy and peaceful retirement and may God continue to bless them and their families in every way. I also offer a blessing on the process of amalgamation of the groups of dioceses and the election of a successor in the new year.
- Bishop Fintan Monahan is the Bishop of Killaloe
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